Terms Used By 419 Scammers
Akwukwo, chekere, pepper = Fake check.
Bill = the amount a scammer plans to take out from his victim.
Ego, lalas, show = Money
Fall mugu (to) = to be fooled and to become victim of advance
Flash of account = Cause the victim's bank account to provisionally
show a large credit. This is intended to persuade the victim to
believe in the deal and send money. The credit gets upturned by
the bank when it is discovered that the actual check or electronic
transfer was fraudulent.
Format = The scheme or script of an advance fee fraud, e.g.,
the late dictator format (the 419 scammer pretends to be a qualified
of a dictator, e.g. Miriam Abacha, "Wife" of Sani Abacha), the next
of kin plan, the lottery format.
Guyman, guy = Scammer engaged in advance fee fraud.
Maga, mugu, mugun, mahi, mahee, mayi, mayee = Victim of advance
Oga = Boss
Owner of the job, Catcher = Scammer who makes the first contact
with a victim and then start to pass him on to another scammer who
finishes the job. The latter shares the spoil with the former.
Yahoo millionaires, yahoo boys = Scammers
w Involve requests
for "up-front" money to protect your involvement in their transaction.
Hence the name "advanced fee fraud."
w Are usually marked "urgent" or "confidential"
w State promises of millions of dollars,
which they would pay you for your help, once the transaction is
w Always have a scheme or cause for
contacting you: a legacy that is tied-up; diamonds in boxes, which
they need to get out of the country; millions of dollars in boxes,
which they need to get out of the country; money "frozen" by government;
excess oil or few other merchandise; etc.
w Most 419
scammers present themselves as doctors, lawyers, sons of ex-generals
and few other imperative persons; to hoax you into thinking they
w Are always looking for a foreign
"partner" to help them.
w Ask for further personal information
about you: personal or business letterhead, banking information,
private and also secure phone number.
w States that they are working with
the Central Bank of Nigeria. This bank denies any dealings.
w States that they are a top official
with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).